After a long period of beta versions, Songbird 1.0 is out.
The big question is: is it any good?
Let’s find out.
Right-click the downloaded .tar.gz file after you downloaded it from http://getsongbird.com and extract it.
Double-click the file called “songbird” in the newly created folder.
The first time you’ll have to agree to some EULA, it will ask you if you want to scan your pc for music files. It will also suggest some recommended add-ons and ask if it can collect info from you.
I suggest you move that folder to your home directory and add a launcher for it in your “application -> sound and video” menu.
Go to “system -> preferences -> main menu”, and create a new entry in the sound and video menu. In the command box simply link to the songbird file. If you have the songbird folder in your home directory that would be /home/yourusernamehere/Songbird/songbird.
Oh, I don’t think so Mozilla.
It looks bad, it won’t work with your compiz fusion effects (wobbly windows, you can’t move it to another workspace using the wall or cube plugin, …).
It have never used Itunes, but seen pics of it and it looks exactly like it, which is a bad thing.
The thing looks totally out of place on your Gnome desktop.
Your entire music collection should have been added during first boot, and pretty fast too.
The default view of the files in the Library is the same as in some other players. I’m not a big fan of it.
But you can easily change it to the file view. That’s good.
The search feature works well and is useful to quickly find a song, but I don’t know any modern audio player (well, I do know some :p) that doesn’t have this feature.
On the left plane it has some features that only a handful of users will use.
Really, the hype machine looks nice but I’ll never use it again.
There is an option to search for concerts in the left plane, but unless you live in the States, the UK, Australia, New Zealand or Canada you have no use for it.
Songbird can browse shoutcast radio streams, which is always a good thing for a media player.
It goes without saying you can make playlists with it. But again, that’s a given for any modern full-featured media player.
Songbird has one big feature I like that other players lack, add-ons. I love them in Firefox and they are OK in Songbird.
I installed and tried out the MediaFlow add-on. It is similar to Apple’s CoverFlow.
After installing it, you’ll have to change the file view to MediaFlow for it to actually kick in.
This add-on is all about eye-candy because it isn’t useful at all to browse your music collection. If you don’t care to add cover art to your music files, then it actually looks very bad.
I should probably mention that you can download skins (called feathers) for Songbird, that it comes with a metadata editor, has last.fm and ipod support.
Songbird is a good audio player, no doubt about it.
I only tested it for about an hour, but it seemed stable to me.
But I will never use it on my Ubuntu pc’s.
I’m a Compiz Fusion guy and like my apps to integrate with the DE (Desktop Enviroment, aka Gnome).
I would give it a 7/10 but because it doesn’t play nice with Compiz Fusion and Gnome I have to fail it and give it a 4/10.
Do you have anything to add? You don’t or do agree? Drop a line in the comments.